Swimming and fitness
Did you know, a good lifeguard rarely gets wet? Most of their work is focused on preventing incidents - monitoring sea conditions, setting up flags, watching the people on the beach and offering safety advice.
But when people do get into trouble at the beach, our lifeguards need to be able to reach them as quickly as possible.
How fit do I need to be?
Lifeguards must be able to complete:
- a 400m pool swim in under 7½ minutes, the first 200m of which must be completed in under 3½ minutes
- a 25m pool swim underwater and a 25m surface swim consecutively in under 50 seconds
- a 200m beach run in under 40 seconds.